Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 1/31/2019
Pages: 352 (Paperback)
I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart. Thank you Suzy Approved Blog Tours for the invite and Kensington for my review copy!
Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.
Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth–one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.
Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths–and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.
Meet the book that got me out of my reading slump! Once again Donna Everhart has written an incredible story of family, loss, and love.
Jessie lost her mother at a very young age and has only flashes of memory to remind her who her mother was. She desperately wants to know more, but her father is extremely tight-lipped which only causes her to become increasingly frustrated and to make some questionable decisions.
Jessie lives in the shadow of her family. She is inquisitive, stubborn, and most importantly determined not to be known forever as the moonshiner’s daughter.
This book took me right to North Carolina in the 1960’s, where the underground moonshine business is thriving and very dangerous. While a lot of this story is about Jessie’s family and the moonshine business, there is a whole lot more to this book than what meets the eye! It is a raw, powerful story about a girl who is struggling and no one can see it, not even her.
For an atmospheric, thought-provoking read, be sure to check out this amazing story!
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About the Author:
Donna Everhart is a USA Today bestselling author who writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south. Her debut, The Education of Dixie Dupree was an IndieNext Pick, Business Insider’s Pick, Library Journal Top Pick, and long listed for the Southern Book Prize. Her second novel, The Road to Bittersweet was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick. She is the Southeastern Library Association’s (SELA) Author of the Year in Fiction for 2018.
She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. She now lives in Dunn, North Carolina with her husband, and a tiny, heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister.
Readers can visit her at donnaeverhart.com.